Fourth quarter run helps HU women hold off Holy Cross

A fourth-quarter run helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team dispatch host Holy Cross College, 77-64, on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The final frame saw the Foresters clinging to a two-point lead over the Saints, 60-58, at the 8:29 mark. Huntington’s Sarah Fryman, though, did her part to keep Holy Cross at bay. The talented sophomore proceeded to pour in seven points over the ensuing 2:40. Junior Brooke Saylor chipped in a basket during that stretch and also assisted on Fryman’s final bucket of the scoring spree, which pushed the visitors’ lead into double digits, 69-58, with 5:49 to go. That margin would prove to be too much for the hosts to overcome and sent Coach Lori Culler’s squad to 3-1 on the season.

Fryman finished with a game-high 23 points for the Foresters. Saylor logged a double-double, tossing in 16 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Her efforts on the glass helped give Huntington a 26-16 edge in that area.

Freshman Sam Hammel rounded out Huntington’s double-digit scoring efforts with 12 points. Junior Maddie Richer helped fuel the offense with five assists.

The Foresters went 31 of 58 from the field for 53.4 percent and 11 of 14 at the free-throw line for 78.6 percent.

Huntington led 24-18 after the first quarter, 39-35 at halftime and 60-55 at the end of three frames.

Holy Cross, 3-2, got 21 points from Tagin Schultheis, 17 from Keysha Streater and 11 from Jessica Norris.

The Saints converted 25 of 61 field goal attempts for 41 percent and 5 of 9 freebie tries for 55.6 percent.